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                            MACHINE SPECIFIC NOTES
                IBM Informix Database Server 12.10.TC6 PRODUCT RELEASE
                                 ON Windows 
                               DATE: 29 Oct 2015

OS Information : Built on Windows Server 2008 SP2. 
                 Certified on Windows Vista (except Home Edition),
                 Windows 7 (except Home Edition),
                 Windows 8 (except RT Edtion), Windows Server 2008 R2, 
                 Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2.

System Requirements

1.  This product is built on Windows Server 2008 with Service Pack 2 
    using the following compiler from Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 
    Version 9.0.30729.1 SP:

        Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 91605-270-2630386-60042

2.  Enable Connections on Windows Vista

    To enable connections between database servers on the Vista operating
    system, you must enable network discovery and NetBIOS over TCP/IP.

    To enable connections:

    1) From the Control Panel, double-click Network and Sharing.
    2) In the Sharing and Discovery section of the Network and Sharing Center,
       click Network discovery and then Turn on network discovery.
    3) In the Network section, click View Status next to the Local Area
    4) In the Local Area Connection Status dialog box, click Properties.
    5) In the Local Area Connection Properties dialog box, choose the
       appropriate Internet Protocol Version and click Properties.
    6) In the Internet Protocol Version Properties dialog box, click Advanced.
    7) On the WINS page of the Advanced TCP/IP Settings dialog box, click
       Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP and then click OK.
    8) Continue clicking OK or Close until all dialog boxes are closed.

3.  IBM Informix Database Server uses the libraries and utilities provided by
    the IBM Global Security Kit (GSKit) for data encryption and Secure Sockets
    Layer (SSL) communication. The GSKit is bundled with the server and will
    be installed on your machine as part of the server installation process.
    Here are more details on the GSKit:

       a. The GSKit is also bundled with other IBM products and might
          already be present on your machine. If the GSKit was previously
          installed, but is older than version, Informix server will 
          upgrade the GSKit on your machine to version If GSKit is 
          not installed, Informix server will install GSKit in 
          \Program Files\ibm\gsk8 directory on your machine.

       b. The GSKit installation directory must have 25 MB of free disk space.

4.  Using BladeManager 4.20

    If the GUI BladeManager wblademgr.exe is used, Microsoft .NET Framework v2 
    or higher is required to be installed on the system.

5.  Installation Prerequisite on Windows 7 or Later Versions

    For Windows 7 and subsequent Windows versions, you must turn off User 
    Account Control (UAC) security before you install IBM Informix®.

    For information about how to create groups, add users to groups, and 
    turn off User Account Control, see your Windows documentation.

Check the following web site for the latest Windows system requirements
for IBM Informix Database Server:

System Configuration
1.  Location of Shared Memory
    The ONCONFIG variable SHMBASE is recommended to be set to the following:
        SHMBASE 0xc000000L

2.  Support maximum shared memory

    The database server can access shared-memory larger than two gigabytes 
    on Windows. However, you must enable this feature with an entry in the 
    Windows boot file.

    To add the entry, edit the boot.ini file (located in the top level, or 
    root directory). You can either add a new boot option or use the currently 
    existing boot option. To enable support for more than two gigabytes, add 
    the following text to the end of the boot line: 


3.  Administrator permission for running server utilities

    On Windows Vista, Windows 2008 and Windows 7, you must run any 
    server utility commands with administrator permission: for example, 
    the 'oninit -iy' command to initialize the server.

    To run Informix utility commands as an administrator, from the Start menu, 
    choose the Informix server name and then choose "Run as administrator". 
    A command prompt with administrator permissions opens.

Feature Notes  (alphabetized by feature)

1.  Informix Interface for TSM

    The Informix Interface DLL for TSM is installed as 

    This interface is built with TSM API version 5.1.6.

    To use Tivoli Storage Manager with Informix databases, refer to IBM 
    Informix Backup and Restore Guide.

2.  IPv6 Support 

    The Informix database server supports Internet Protocol Version 6 (128 Bit 
    Internet Addresses) as well as IPv4 (32 Bit Addresses).

    In order for the machine name that is specified in the SQLHOSTS registry 
    to resolve to the correct IP address, the name services files on the 
    Operating System should be correctly configured.

    For compatibility with earlier version of Informix client and server 
    products, assign each host name with both an IPv4 address and an IPv6 
    address. If the listener needs to be bound to an IPv4 address, and the 
    name services resolve the name in the order of the IPv6 address followed 
    by the IPv4 address, then an explicit IPv4 address needs to be put in the 
    nodename field of server registry. 

3.  J/Foundation (Java in the Server)
    The IBM Runtime Environment, Java(TM) Technology Edition, Version 7.0 
    release is installed in c:/informix1210/extend/krakatoa/jre and should be 
    used with the J/Foundation component.

    A Java user-defined routine (UDR) runs in a Java virtual processor. Use 
    the VPCLASS configuration parameter to specify the number of virtual 
    processors for the server. You configure Java virtual processors in 
    the "Java configuration parameters" section of the onconfig configuration 
    file. The default onconfig.std file is in the c:/informix1210/etc directory.
    To develop Java UDRs for the server on this platform, use Java Platform, 
    Standard Edition Development Kit (JDK) 7 or an earlier version according 
    to Java compatibility guidelines. That kit can be downloaded from

4.  LDAP Authentication 

    This feature is set up and configured like the Pluggable Authentication
    Module (PAM) that is used on UNIX and Linux. Use the LDAP Authentication 
    Support module when you want to use an LDAP server to authenticate your 
    system users.

    The authentication module is a dynamic link library that resides in the 
    %INFORMIXDIR%\dbssodir\lib\security directory. The parameters of the module
    are listed in the %INFORMIXDIR%\dbssodir\pam.conf file. 

    The source code for a fully functional LDAP Authentication Module and 
    samples of the required configuration files are included in the 
    %INFORMIXDIR%\demo\authentication directory. You can modify the code for 
    your specific LDAP Authentication Support module.

5.  Network Protocols

    The following protocol(s)/interface(s) are supported on this platform:
      SOCKETS using TCP/IP
      IPC using named pipe

      To use SOCKETS with TCP/IP:

          a. The NETTYPE entry in the ONCONFIG file and the value data of 
             PROTOCOL in the SQLHOSTS registry entry must contain "onsoctcp"

          b. To enable an IBM Data Server Client to connect to the database 
             server, the NETTYPE entry in the ONCONFIG file and the value 
             data of PROTOCOL in the SQLHOSTS registry entry must contain 

             If a CLI or JCC client wants to connect to the database server 
             through DRDA while supporting SQLI connections, you must add a 
             DBSERVERALIASES entry to the ONCONFIG file that corresponds to
             the SQLHOSTS registry entry.

      To use IPC (interprocess communication) with named pipe:

          a. The NETTYPE entry in the ONCONFIG file and the value data of 
             PROTOCOL in the SQLHOSTS registry entry must contain "onipcnmp".
6.  OnLine Backup and Restore (ON-Bar)
    ON-Bar uses the XBSA interface. Some of the functions invoked by ON-Bar 
    are in a dynamic link library supplied by third party storage management 
    vendors. For ON-Bar to access these functions, you must specify the library 
    name and location in the BAR_BSALIB_PATH parameter in the ONCONFIG file. 

    For example, if you are using PSM: 

         Set BAR_BSALIB_PATH to %INFORMIXDIR%\bin\libbsapsm.dll

    For example, if you are using TSM:

         Set BAR_BSALIB_PATH to %INFORMIXDIR%\bin\libtxbsa.dll 

7.  Secure Sockets Layer

    IBM Informix Database Server uses the libraries and utilities provided by
    the IBM Global Security Kit (GSKit) for Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)

8.  Simple Password Communications Support Module

    The name of the IBM Informix dynamic link library for Simple Password CSM
    on Windows is libixspw.dll. This dynamic link library is installed in

Features not supported

1.  Shared Disk Secondary Servers

2.  Mapped users

Known Defects in this release

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Defects Fixed in this release

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